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"Dead Billy" is the first feature film by Scott Milder, an award-winning writer and director based in Albuquerque, NM

Co-Creators Scott Milder and Lauren Myers first started talking about “Dead Billy” one day on Facebook, and within a week they had 20 pages of a soon-to-be feature-length screenplay.  But several months later, after numerous meetings, countless drafts, and a few late-night brainstorm sessions, what started out as a simple idea grew into a much richer endeavor.  This story, these characters, and this project comes from the blood, sweat, and tears of its creators.  We’re ready. 

The rest is history--in the making!!

This fall, we are teaming up with New Mexico’s most talented filmmakers, including cinematographer Corey Weintraub, Producer Dominic Garcia, Production Designer Mary Holyoke, Gaffer Rick Galli, as well as actors Frank Green, Christina Slyter, and Amelia Ampuero in order to produce our first feature-length film, Dead Billy.  

So why Kickstarter??  First of all, this creative team has used it in the past, and it not only successfully funded the feature-length film Home Sweet Home, but also triumphed with other projects, including a professional theatre company.  

Secondly, we are huge fans of Independent Film:  creative license, creative control, and creativity all around.  Our goal is to make a professional movie on our terms, utilizing the exceptional talent of New Mexico.  We appreciate all independent film artists for their experience and hard work, and respect the notion that every person deserves to get paid.  We are raising money for Dead Billy on Kickstarter to not only make a professional, independent film, but one with professional filmmakers.   

So here’s where YOU come in!  Your donation to our project will not only help fund a feature film, but allow us to share our imagination in the form of powerful storytelling.  NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL because every dollar will go toward something worthwhile.  All contributions will be greatly appreciated.  

Be sure to check out more information at www.deadbillythemovie.com.  

Thank you so much for your support!

-Scott Milder and Lauren Myers

More Information on DEAD BILLY:

"With a thriving career in academia and a brilliant fiancé who dotes on her, grad student Calliope Girard seems to be well on the way to success.  

But her pleasant, orderly life is suddenly upended by a series of unexplained seizures which unlock memories of a much darker past.

...A past defined by violence, abuse, and manipulation, and occupied by a mysterious man she knew only as Billy."

Dead Billy is the first feature film from award-winning writer/director Scott Milder.  A tense psychological thriller, it is a completely independent, grassroots production based in Albuquerque, NM.  

CREW

  • Scott Milder - Writer/Director, Producer
  • Corey Weintraub - Cinematographer, Producer
  • Dominic Garcia - Producer
  • Lauren Myers - Producer
  • Mary Holyoke - Production Designer
  • Rick Galli - Gaffer

CAST 

  • Lauren Myers
  • Frank Green
  • Amelia Ampuero 
  • Christina Slyter

ABOUT THE CREATORS:

Scott Milder received his BA in Media Arts from the University of New Mexico in 2004, and his MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University in 2007. He has written, directed and produced several award-winning short films, including "Something Red" (2004), "Sweetie" (2007), "The Amniote" (2009), and "SEND" (2010).  "Sweetie" won the 2007 48 Hour Film Project and screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008.

Milder directed the music video for Motherboar’s "Croctosquatch," which was nominated for a Boston Music Award in 2011. He has developed a number of feature scripts with independent, European, and Hollywood producers, including Kopelson Entertainment. He currently teaches Screenwriting at the Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, NM.

Lauren Myers has worked in professional film, television, and theatre since the age of seven.  Born and raised in Albuquerque, she went on to earn her BFA in Theatre Performance from Chapman University in Orange, California. Since returning to New Mexico, she has performed in several award-winning films and television shows, including "Warrior Woman," "Ilegales," "In Plain Sight," "The Troublemakers," "The Lazarus Man," "click.flash.," "L'Americano," "Spiral," "Enter the Dojo," "Mindless," and "Missing You," among many others.

She is also a Resident Member of Duke City Repertory Theatre, where roles include Steph in "reasons to be pretty," Bianca/Grumio in "Taming of the Shrew," Holly in "Trust," and Messenger/Theban in "Oedipus the King." She has also performed with FUSION Theatre Company (Jean Fordham in "August: Osage County"), and Mother Road Theatre Company (Molly in "Love Song").

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